In a wide receiver room in 2019 that included Henry Ruggs, Jerry Jeudy, and DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle was touted as the fastest of the group. That is quite a feat considering Ruggs ran a 4.27 40-yard dash at the combine last March. Not only does he have lethal speed, Waddle also posesses the necessary tools to be a great receiver in the NFL for years to come.
|100-95||All-Pro||Early Round One|
|94.99-90||Pro Bowler||Mid Round One|
|89.99-85||Day One Starter||Late Round One|
|84.99-80||Potential Starter/Early Contributor||Round Two|
|79.99-75||Potential Starter/Early Contributor||Round Three|
|74.99-70||Spot Starter/Special Teams Day One||Round Four|
|69.99-65||Backup/Special Teams||Round Five|
|59.99-55||Backup/Special Teams||Round Six|
|59.99-55||Potential Backup||Round Seven|
Weight: 183 lbs
Strengths: Jaylen Waddle is a dynamic weapon with world-class speed. Can outrun anyone he steps onto the field with making him a true field flipper. He excels as a deep threat. Does a great job tracking the football while staying in overdrive. Contested catches are a surprising strength for a receiver his size. More than willing to work through contact and maintains control of his body in jump ball situations. Alabama used him in a variety of ways, most of which gave him free releases at the line of scrimmage. Has great vision in the open field. Is a capable and willing blocker at the LOS and in the open field.
Weaknesses: Size might be a concern moving forward, although his speed should easily compensate for this deficiency. Route running is good but could use some refining. Relies a little too much on speed and there is room to grow with technique. Separation was easy at times but did lack consistency. Did not have to deal with press coverage often at Alabama. The injury to his ankle might be a concern long term.
|Grade||91/100 Mid First Round|
While there is room to improve with technique on an overall level, Jaylen Waddle can step in day one and be a dynamic weapon as a gadget player and deep threat while learning the nuances of the wide receiver position. His speed and dynamic ability comps directly to Tyreek Hill and we know the difference he has made for the Kansas City Chiefs. Whoever ends up with Waddle will have a great weapon for the next decade.